Emma Raducanu: “After the US Open, everyone expected me to win every tournament”

The incredible exploits of Emma Raducanu in American territory in 2021 had created very high expectations for the British teenager, able to conquer her first Slam at only 18 years and 10 months. The results following the US Open 2021 of the young British tennis player were decidedly disappointing, probably conditioned by the physical problems and the pressure suffered by the Toronto native tennis player.

In view of her second participation in Wimbledon (her second participation after the round of 16 reached last year), Raducanu, in a recent interview with Nike, revealed some interesting anecdotes.

Emma about post US Open 2021

She said: “I really like the thrill. I think we must always react and adapt.” The 19-year-old Briton recalled the golden moment she experienced in 2021, then recounting how high her expectations were for her after her success at the US Open.

“It all started with Wimbledon. I have never had such an experience, I let myself go to all the emotions like crazy. I brought that energy into training and then came the US Open. After winning the US Open, everyone expected me to win every tournament I would play. I think it’s a bit unrealistic, because perfection doesn’t exist.”

The current number 11 of the WTA ranking explained that she is trying to manage the pressure and not be influenced: “I’m working on letting go. I’m giving up the idea of ​​always having to be perfect and being afraid of making a bad impression in front of myself. I think that China is probably where I most disconnect from the world. I really like those moments of escape. Nothing matters anymore. You are just yourself, in that moment.”

Finally Raducanu revealed two childhood passions of her: “From an early age I practiced motocross and karting and I was able to do something that not many 9 year old girls were able to do at the time. I really like the thrill, I chase it. I think that, regardless of the sport, you have to react and adapt. Always be on the alert and take risks,” concluded the slam champion.